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The Secret of Kells [DVD]
The Secret of Kells [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tomm Moore
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic highly recommended for Celts of all nationalities, 17 May 2012
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This review is from: The Secret of Kells [DVD] (DVD)
`The Secret of Kells' is one of the most visually arresting animated features of the past decade and easily the best Irish animation of all time. The story is set in the eighth century and gives a fictionalized account of the creation of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript still displayed in the library of Trinity College Dublin.

Made in 2009 by Irish-French-Belgian production company Cartoon Saloon, it premiered on February 2009 at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

It's the luscious, involving graphic style and the use of the Celtic designs from the ancient book itself that really grabs attention. It draws you into the narrative, leading you on a celtic journey that morphs and twists like the knot work in the ancient designs.

A hidden classic and highly recommended for Celts of all nationalities.

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
by Simon Moss
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoots wide of the mark!, 11 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Martin O'Neill (Hardcover)
This would be a good time for a well written and researched retrospective of Martin O'Neill's career but sadly this is not it.

The author has no feeling whatsoever for the unique cultural and social heritage that O'Neill would have brought with him as an Irishman playing football on foreign soil. This poorly researched and cliché ridden book also further fails to grasp the emotional impact becoming Celtic manager would have had for O'Neill and his extended family. There is little grasp of the dynamics of the often corrupt and institutionally mismanaged SPL and no understanding of how the misreporting and bias of the Scottish media would have hampered rather than helped the Celtic team as O'Neill took them to a domestic treble in his first season and the magnificent failure of the road to Seville.

Even the cover of the book in Aston Villa colours demonstrates a lack of insight and and really is a major marketing failure.

Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing: A 7-point Plan for Building a Better Swing and Shaping Your Shots
Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing: A 7-point Plan for Building a Better Swing and Shaping Your Shots
by Hank Haney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hank's handbook howlers, 31 Oct. 2009
I really should have known better.

When I saw the Vardon grip sloppily referred to as the Verdun grip in the index of the Amazon 'Look inside' feature, I should have known this would be a flat, shoddy, cynical handbook that has nothing new to say on the golf swing.

Hank Haney is not literate enough to have written this book himself, but you would think he would have the professionalism to at least employ a proof reader.

Howlers aside however the really annoying aspect of this handbook is the cynical attempt to rehash every swing cliché, every banal maxim, invoke the spirit of John Jacobs, and attempt to flog it as a seven point plan for building a better swing.

Haney offers up a plethora of swing thoughts that will serve only to get in the way of any golfer's natural ability. Read Hogan's Modern Fundamentals of Golf or Seve's Natural Golf if you really want to know the basics.

This book really has nothing new to say and the bland photography and dull layout don't help.

What really stands out is the total absence of endorsement by Tiger Woods for Haney's work. Haney is supposed to be Tiger's coach after all.

Woods has clearly distanced himself from this far from seminal tome. Maybe Tiger thinks that styleless Hank is merely cashing in!

You should distance yourself too.

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